The relationship between race, genetics and health are connected, but it is hard to determine the exact connection. According to the lecture, race and genes having nothing to do with each other. We learned that the genetic determinism is reduced down to the components of biology that make us up and that race is more so the skin color and origin. We are all different races but that is due to the way we were brought up and the culture we were introduced to, not the genes in our body. With race and health there is more of a connection than race and genes. An example of this would be breast cancer in Caucasians or even sickle cell among African Americans. However, with race social factors come into play and that’s where they become linked with health (wealth=health, environment you grew up in, etc). Genetics and health are also connected in a way. If your parents have a gene for cystic fibrosis, color blindness, etc. that could affect your health because it is affecting your genes. Race, genetics and health can possibly all contribute at once, but you don’t specifically need one to determine the other.
The health disparity that I chose was breast cancer among white woman. I decided to pick this one because of the many websites that showed how prevalent it was in this ethnic group. In one of the websites that I came across it said that breast cancer was the second leading cause of cancer death in white women. I believe that the reason we are more prevalent to breast cancer is because of social and environment factors. Seeing as white woman have fairer skin, we are more suspectible to get sun burns and damage from the UV rays. Woman do this to improve their looks and I think that social factors are a huge factor in the contribution to the increased rate among us.
Web MD. Accessed July 10, 2014. http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/race-ethnicity
CDC. Accessed July 10,2014. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/race.htm